While eternal rivals Real Madrid were en route to a second straight loss in less than a week at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Atlético had to sweat one out themselves at home against Granada Wednesday night. Los Rojiblancos made their fans wait until just past the hour mark before they could erupt in celebration.
While the rest of the universe was focussed on El Clásico, Atlético had their sights set on first place. Atleti supporters suffered through the endless Barcelona and Real Madrid fodder all week long, but, in the end, they were rewarded handsomely.
Atlético will be after their fourth victory on the trot when they square off against Betis in Sevilla on Sunday. Kick-off at the Benito Villaramín, where Atleti are unbeaten since 2006, is set for 17:00 CET. Keeping their win-streak intact won’t be the only target for Diego Simeone’s band of brothers, as much as they’ll
15 home games into the present La Liga campaign, and Atlético remain unvanquished at the Vicente Calderón. Espanyol, the latest visitors to ‘Cholo Castle’, certainly put up a fight, but los Rojiblancos were able to gut out the result for their third straight triumph in all competitions.
Freshly qualified Champions League quarter-finalists Atlético will seek revenge against one of only three clubs to defeat them in La Liga this season when they host Espanyol on Saturday. Proceedings at the Vicente Calderón get underway at 22:00 CET.
After over an hour of mostly dispirited play by Atlético in Vigo, the men in and red and white sparked back to life to abruptly terminate their foes 2-0. The game against Celta started off eerily similar to Atleti’s previous two trips in league play–the squad looked all too comfortable letting their opponents dictate play while hardly offering much of a threat in attack of their own.
Atlético head into Galicia on Saturday, where they will take on Celta Vigo at 20:00 CET. Los Rojiblancos have struggled on the road in league play of late, having lost by a combined score of 5-0 in their outings to Almería and Osasuna.
Atlético were unable to hold onto victory after a spirited comeback effort against Real Madrid that had all the electricity of a heavyweight prize fight. Los Rojiblancos went down first and quickly on Sunday, but sprung back up to deliver a pair of mighty blows of their own. Atleti had their archrivals’ backs firmly pressed against the ropes, but let them evade the fatal blow and salvage a point with a late equaliser.
Atlético will seek to keep their unbeaten record at home intact in La Liga play when they host Real Madrid on Sunday. Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón — where attendance is expected to top off — is set for 17:00 CET.
Huh? What the hell was that? For the second straight league match away from home, Atlético resembled the version of themselves spearheaded by Gregorio Manzano before Diego Simeone came to the rescue.